Lonely Planets Recommended Hiking Guide

Ditch Trail in Kokee

Rainbows over Koke’e

Rainbows over Kokee. Ditch Trail illuminates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the edge of a beautiful Waimea Canyon trail in Kokee, you will find this rim view full of water falls and often rainbows, with views of the spectacular canyon in many directions.  See old Koa trees at their biggest and best.  Certain areas of this trail were protected by the last hurricane and have old trees still standing.  Need a 4WD for this adventure.  That I have.

Rainbows galore on the ditch trail overlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding spot to see rainbows in all directions with cliff and canyon views in all directions.  A jewel of Kokee is this spot and only a fairly short hike along the ridge.

 

Nic on the edge of Ditch Trail

 

 

Hanakapiai Falls North Shore Kauai

Hanakapiai Falls – Kalalau Trail Kauai

Taken from the cave

 

Reaching this 300 foot waterfall is worth every step.  Beginning on the Kalalau Trail north shore of Kauai, you commence at Kee Beach which is an excellent snorkeling spot and especially enjoyable after this hike.  8 miles round trip you begin the first 2 miles along the Napali coast to Hanakapiai Beach.  Can be a treacherous spot in the winter for swimming, not recommended.  But in the summer you can visit caves and swim with caution as always, watching for currents.   After crossing the river, you then head inland for 2 miles until you reach the falls, crossing many streams and feeling the history unfold as you see Hawaiian stone walls and feel the ancient heritage in this glorious valley.  A huge pool sits at the base of this waterfall, freezing and often windy from the cascading waterfall, worth a dip for sure.  Jump in.